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Old March 26th, 2013, 12:29 PM
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Fishbait, Your posts over the years were very helpful to me in selecting cabins on NCL and what to expect. PS, I secrectly idolized your cruise cabin history

I don't know if this should be a new topic, but did you like your Epic suite and Haven as compared to the Pearl, Jade etc.? The Epic suites appear smaller, poorly laid out, (one huge bed and limited chair seating (no sofa) and no chaise lounges on the balcony. The Pearl balcony with 2 chaises, one for me and one for my DH, was the primary reason why I booked the PH suite. Why don't the cruise lines understand we want chaise lounges on our balconies, especially when booking a suite
Glad I could be of help! As for the Epic suite, we sailed in the two bedroom Haven Family Villa for just that reason - the Penthouses are ridiculously small, and we like all the extra space of the two bedroom (I really like a separate living room). The balcony on the two BR is about the same size as the same on Jewel class ships, and we have been able to squeeze one lounge on it. I usually only use my balcony for the occasional smoke and to view port arrivals (and some stargazing ) so it's fine for that. The single room penthouses have larger balconies, I would guess you could squeeze two lounges on that one, but nothing like the Fwd suites on the Jewel class ships, where we could lay there for hours staring at the sky. As for the Haven itself, I am not really a "Haven" person on the Jewel class - hubby will occasionally read on a lounger (I don't do any sun, too much skin cancer), and we sometimes use the hot tub late at night, but that's about it. We found we used the Haven on the Epic MUCH more, mostly because of Posh. Hubby would lounge and read during the day while I was in the casino, and I would join him for lunch or a drink at the shaded bar several times over the day. We also were in Posh for every port sail away, and at sunset for cocktails, truly lovely to have a nice bar to relax with a cocktail and a smoke with nobody waving their hands, etc. the Epic Haven also has a large private forward deck that we explored several times and there was hardly anyone there. I really liked the private exercise area in the Epic Haven, much larger with views, though it turned out I never used it lol.. The downside was that the Haven pool area and hot tubs were overrun with kids, unlike the Jewel class Haven hot tubs where you could often find them empty (one Jewel sailing had kids in the Haven at all hours though)- the Epic ones always has kids in them at any time of day that we checked. Didn't bother us much for our trip, but for a colder sailing I like the hot tub late at night..

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My wife and I stayed in 10500 on the Dawn, it was windy when we were moving so every time we opened the balcony door the ceiling tiles had to be put back where the belonged. Also with the balcony door open, opening the hallway door was very hard to do. In rough seas they will put your deck chairs in the hall. IF THERE IS FOG THE HORN IS LOUD 'nuff said. The room was very nice however.
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Glad I could be of help! As for the Epic suite, we sailed in the two bedroom Haven Family Villa for just that reason - the Penthouses are ridiculously small, and we like all the extra space of the two bedroom (I really like a separate living room). The balcony on the two BR is about the same size as the same on Jewel class ships, and we have been able to squeeze one lounge on it. I usually only use my balcony for the occasional smoke and to view port arrivals (and some stargazing ) so it's fine for that. The single room penthouses have larger balconies, I would guess you could squeeze two lounges on that one, but nothing like the Fwd suites on the Jewel class ships, where we could lay there for hours staring at the sky. As for the Haven itself, I am not really a "Haven" person on the Jewel class - hubby will occasionally read on a lounger (I don't do any sun, too much skin cancer), and we sometimes use the hot tub late at night, but that's about it. We found we used the Haven on the Epic MUCH more, mostly because of Posh. Hubby would lounge and read during the day while I was in the casino, and I would join him for lunch or a drink at the shaded bar several times over the day. We also were in Posh for every port sail away, and at sunset for cocktails, truly lovely to have a nice bar to relax with a cocktail and a smoke with nobody waving their hands, etc. the Epic Haven also has a large private forward deck that we explored several times and there was hardly anyone there. I really liked the private exercise area in the Epic Haven, much larger with views, though it turned out I never used it lol.. The downside was that the Haven pool area and hot tubs were overrun with kids, unlike the Jewel class Haven hot tubs where you could often find them empty (one Jewel sailing had kids in the Haven at all hours though)- the Epic ones always has kids in them at any time of day that we checked. Didn't bother us much for our trip, but for a colder sailing I like the hot tub late at night..

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Robin
Yes, we really like the extra room space. We have entertained large groups of family and friends on port sail-away days that were so much fun. Also, my DH will never, ever go to the pool. "He has a pool at home that he does not use". So we use the extra space to lounge, connect, sun on the balcony and entertain. So on the Epic, I'm still trying to find the right mix of room size, balcony, loungers, price, etc. I'm glad you like the Epic Haven. I will do more research on Posh and check out a cruise date when the kids are taking finals

On the Pearl, the Haven was very quite when we sailed, almost empty... just me and the M&M's
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One thing I forgot to mention in previous posts. If you're on a Jewel class, 10500 and 10000 are actually the best forward penthouses to book. I can't say this with certainty for all of the ships in this class, but on most, including Jade, these 2 cabins are slightly bigger than the others. If you look at a picture of the front of most ships, the bridge juts out in the center. The Jewel class 10000 and 10500 cabins follow the line of that bridge jut, which creates kind of a bay window in the cabin. It does cut down a little on the balcony space, but the balcony is so big that 2 people shouldn't mind this minimal loss of space. Inside the cabin, though, the gain in space makes the room feel much larger.

Yes these are also on the Pearl. Someone once posted they called them the "sunroom" because of the extra (approx 65 SF bump out) and so now we do too. The two "sunrooms" are the best balcony rooms on the ship IMHO. Partially covered, wide open view, eyes on the Captain . But the cabin door slaming catches you once or twice before you "remember" to close 1 door before opening another. I would take the other PH suites if the sunrooms were not available.
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Glad I could be of help! As for the Epic suite, we sailed in the two bedroom Haven Family Villa for just that reason - the Penthouses are ridiculously small, and we like all the extra space of the two bedroom (I really like a separate living room). The balcony on the two BR is about the same size as the same on Jewel class ships, and we have been able to squeeze one lounge on it. I usually only use my balcony for the occasional smoke and to view port arrivals (and some stargazing ) so it's fine for that. The single room penthouses have larger balconies, I would guess you could squeeze two lounges on that one, but nothing like the Fwd suites on the Jewel class ships, where we could lay there for hours staring at the sky. As for the Haven itself, I am not really a "Haven" person on the Jewel class - hubby will occasionally read on a lounger (I don't do any sun, too much skin cancer), and we sometimes use the hot tub late at night, but that's about it. We found we used the Haven on the Epic MUCH more, mostly because of Posh. Hubby would lounge and read during the day while I was in the casino, and I would join him for lunch or a drink at the shaded bar several times over the day. We also were in Posh for every port sail away, and at sunset for cocktails, truly lovely to have a nice bar to relax with a cocktail and a smoke with nobody waving their hands, etc. the Epic Haven also has a large private forward deck that we explored several times and there was hardly anyone there. I really liked the private exercise area in the Epic Haven, much larger with views, though it turned out I never used it lol.. The downside was that the Haven pool area and hot tubs were overrun with kids, unlike the Jewel class Haven hot tubs where you could often find them empty (one Jewel sailing had kids in the Haven at all hours though)- the Epic ones always has kids in them at any time of day that we checked. Didn't bother us much for our trip, but for a colder sailing I like the hot tub late at night..

Hope this helps!

Robin
i know i might get some people mad for saying this, but i would be furious if i spent all that money for the Haven, for it to only be overrun with children. isnt that exactly why one books the Haven, to get away from all that? i do think the Haven on the EPIC would be more crowded, as opposed to the Jewel class. that's exactly why i like to stick with the aft penthouses when i can- very peaceful.
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i know i might get some people mad for saying this, but i would be furious if i spent all that money for the Haven, for it to only be overrun with children. isnt that exactly why one books the Haven, to get away from all that? i do think the Haven on the EPIC would be more crowded, as opposed to the Jewel class. that's exactly why i like to stick with the aft penthouses when i can- very peaceful.

I appreciate your honesty... Even though have a son who will be 11 on the Getaway next year, we like to get away from the pool craziness as does he. If its too crowded then he just can't enjoy the pool area at all. I know most kids can be quite a handful on cruises but Trey is different in that he has cruised since he was 4 and knows that behavior expectations on board. IF he EVER was to not behave, he would lose the Haven access by our choosing. (But on the Getaway, he and DH will be hitting those water slides pretty often so it will be me who uses the Haven the most. LOL)

And unfortunately I think some parents think a cruise is a license to let their kids do whatever the hell the want on board... I've seen alot of unruly kids and alot of parents just do NOT monitor their kids... Not only is it dangerous, it's just the sad state of the current parenting style IMHO...
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i know i might get some people mad for saying this, but i would be furious if i spent all that money for the Haven, for it to only be overrun with children. isnt that exactly why one books the Haven, to get away from all that? i do think the Haven on the EPIC would be more crowded, as opposed to the Jewel class. that's exactly why i like to stick with the aft penthouses when i can- very peaceful.
All in all its not a problem for us, as we rarely use the pools. But we do like the hot tubs once in a while for some peaceful relaxing, and it gets a little irksome sometimes. On the Epic, both hot tubs had at least 4 kids, usually young teens, in them every time we looked and usually up to 8 or 9 in each It would be nice if they designated one for adults only and enforced it, as sometimes those kids were rambunctious, running between the pool and hot tub. I rarely saw adults in the hot tubs.. Perhaps the kids would have moved on or been exceptionally behaved had we gotten in, but once we saw the kids, we decided not to change clothes and try.. On the Jewel, it was a non-family cruise (early December) but there was one family that had two children who were ALWAYS (well every time we checked!) in the Haven playing with toys, with no parents in sight. I mean at 7am, 3 pm, 10 pm, etc. They were rarely dressed for swimming, but playing with a dozen or more toys floating in the hot tub and the pool. We decided to try late night a few times (2am or so) but each time the hot tub was closed and taped off. So we never got to use the hot tub peacefully on that cruise. I have been told that in the Haven on the Jewel class ships the hot tubs are "adults only" (for safety's sake) but it doesn't seem to be enforced, plus on my sailing the kids weren't actually in the tub itself, just using it for toys and play.

I'm a parent myself, and I completely understand that children can be very well behaved, etc (mine were angels lol ). And kids really weren't being "bad", just monopolizing the hot tubs and probably never realized they were doing so. Perhaps we could have asked the kids to move on, or remove their toys from the tub and pool, etc, but I am not really comfortable with that (they have every right to be there!). I only hope that parents are cognizant that occasionally adults may want to use the hot tubs in peace and perhaps can remind their children of that, so that we can all share the space.. After all, everyone has the right to be there!

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Lots of toys in hot tub and pool sounds rude. We don't see that in the main pool! Parents need to realize everyone is paying top dollar (regardless of room cat). I would be upset if this was going on every waking moment as described.
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